Taking place in Co-Play Project Space in Soho, Invasive Behaviour features work by eight contemporary artists: Samuel Capps, Lily Hawkes, Joey Holder, Anna Hughes, Tomasz Kobialka, Isaac Lythgoe, Nemo Nonnenmacher and Rafal Zajko. This group exhibition explores the intersection between nature and culture, reflecting an invasive behaviour that encompasses new technological and aesthetic attributes. Seeds of a new subjectivity that began with nature and, through technology’s entanglement, have sprouted a new consciousness. In so doing they force us to question that which we thought was purely biological.
Downloaded personalities, emotions constituted by data - our Deleuzian “Body without Organs” is living our parallel life in it’s virtual environment. This rhizomatic structure allows us to exist in multiple times, forms and contexts. This new identity forges its path through liminalities and non idealised places, like a circuit board of roots in a Ballardian world appearing to be independent on the surface while being interconnected underneath.
Samuel Capps (b.1984 U.K) a multi-disciplinary artist and curator, currently studying MA Critical Practice at the Royal College of Art. He runs Gossamer Fog, a London based gallery which largely focuses on varying aspects of technology's influence on society and our environment. His practice looks at the effect technology has on creating new spatial contexts and our perceptional displacement to a new digital sub-dimension. He has previously been exploring an idea of the ‘technonatural’; the point where technology embedded into the materiality of humans and their environments becomes imperceivable. His practice also considers representations of media archaeology and radical projections of our future landscape, be it in a post-nature or a post-human world. www.samuelcapps.com
Lily Hawkes (b.1990, U.K) is a sculptor and installation artist whose work focuses on the built environment and how we interact with the domestic and urban landscape. Hawkes’ uses industrial materials and architectural tropes in juxtaposition with the abject and the recognizable everyday. She relies heavily on materiality, composition and the collective impact of dichotomy in scale intended to cultivate an experience that both confronts and seduces: a culmination of passive associations, inherent tensions and behaviour. Graduating from Slade in 2012, Hawkes has exhibited internationally, selected exhibitions include; “A Square Peg in a Round Hole” Pantocrator Gallery, Shanghai (2015) “Look Back at it” Athens Brick Cube (2016) and “Backchannel” Muddy Yard (2017) www.lily-hawkes.co.uk
Joey Holder (b. U.K) artistic practice and research spans video and multimedia installations both online and offline. Connecting forms which have emerged through our human taste, culture and industrial processes she investigates complex systems that dissolve notions of the ‘natural’ and the ‘artificial’. By contrasting so-called ‘organic’ and ‘man-made’ substances and surfaces through a series of abstractions, she creates a world of manifold layers, none more unified or natural than the next. Holder is a London based artist who received her BA from Kingston University (2001) and her MFA from Goldsmiths (2010). Recent solo/duo exhibitions include ‘SELACHIMORPHA’, Photographers Gallery, London (2017), ‘Ophiux’, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2016), ‘TETRAGRAMMATON’, LD50, London (duo w/ John Russell) (2016); ‘HYDROZOAN’. Recent group exhibitions include 'HYDROZOAN' at the 7th Moscow International Biennale Of Contemporary Art, Russia (2017), Alien Matter’, Transmediale, Berlin (2017), ‘Vestige: The Future is Here’, Design Museum, London (2013) and ‘Multinatural Histories’, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Massachusetts, USA (2013). www.joeyholder.com
Anna Hughes (b.1982, UK) is artist that make primarily sculptural works that examines man’s use of technology in the post industrial era. Her recent series, Lock Pickers considers the geometric forms of magical symbology, guarding and protecting of secrets and the development of mechanised cryptographic technology in the current internet age. Living and working in London, Hughes graduated with a Postgraduate degree from the Royal Academy Schools in 2016, following a Bachelor of Art from Goldsmiths, London and has exhibited widely across Europe. (www.anna-hughes.com)
Isaac Lythgoe (b.1989, UK) works in various media, his practise considers consciousness and its distortions through storytelling. Graduated from Royal College of Art in 2014, recent shows include Michael Jackson On the Wall, National Portrait Gallery, London (2018), Janus, Exo Exo, Paris, (2017) Lonesome Wife, Seventeen Gallery, London, (2016) Never Land Alone with Jack Lavender, Hussenot, Paris (2016), 5225 Figueroa Mountain Rd, Almanac, London (2016) (www.isaaclythgoe.com)
Tomasz Kobialka (b.1983, Poland) is an Australian artist, writer and programmer, living and working in London and Berlin. Kobialka uses sculpture, video and installation to engages with technology and the way it shapes our daily social and emotional wellbeing. His work also examines how naturalised concepts of competition, power, status and hierarchy construct male identity and how through the process of critique alternative forms of identity can be proposed. Graduated from the Goldsmiths MFA programme in 2017 and holds a Bachelor (honors) in Software Engineering from the Australian National University (ANU). Selected exhibitions include; National Gallery in Prague Czech Republic; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade; Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam; Futura Gallery Prague; Autocenter Berlin; Lokaal 01 Antwerp; New York Artist Residency and Studio (NARS) Foundation New York; Kreuzberg Pavillon Berlin and CCA Glasgow. Tomasz was the recipient of the inaugural UK Outset x Tiffany's studio makers prize (2017) and received an honorary mention from the jury in the EU Startpoint (2017) prize exhibition. (www.tomkobialka.com)
Nemo Nonnenmacher (b.1988, German) uses photography, digital sculpture and installation to explore how contemporary technologies affect our cultural identity, in what way the corporeal relates to the virtual and to what point presence and identity are articulated by both human hand and machine. Nemo graduated from Royal College of Art in 2017 and has recently been artist in residence at Outset Contemporary Art Fund in Baker Street and Radical Resident at Unit 1 Gallery Workshop. From 2012 to 2017 he has been a fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, exhibiting throughout the UK and Europe, including the Schleuse Opelvillen in Rüsselsheim, Germany in 2017 and the Fondazione Fotografia in Modena, Italy in 2016. (www.nemononnenmacher.com)
Rafal Zajko (b1988, Poland) is a multimedia artist working in sculpture, performance, and costume. His recent body of work incorporates wall-based concrete and steel panels that often contain free-hand embroidery slats. His work deals with themes of monuments, socialist public sculpture and the relationship between the body and technology. Zajko was born in the Polish People's Republic a year before the collapse of the Berlin Wall. He currently lives and works in London. Recent shows includes: "Unputdownable" at The White Cubicle, London, “Art of Translation" at MMAG Foundation in Amman, Jordan (2018), "Failure" at Litost Gallery in Prague (2018) and “Haptic House" at Horse and Pony, Berlin (all 2018). He is currently working on forthcoming solo show at Castor Project in London (June 2018). (www.rafal-zajko.com)
Wednesday 11th of July, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tube: Oxford Circus Underground Station (6 min walk)